Buying and travelling in a used car in North America

Greetings from Australia,

A friend and I are hoping to do a road trip across North America in the near future and are looking into the legalities of owning a car in North America.

The goal is to purchase a car for around $1000-2000 and drive it east-west/south-north etc and see as much of the continent as possible in the ~2 months we'll be there. We haven't yet decided where to start or end the journey so that gives us some freedom on where to purchase and/or register the vehicle. The vehicle will likely be sold, scraped or auctioned at the end of the trip.

We would much prefer to own the car, as older cars add to the driving experience and new cars don't have much in the way of character. My friend and I are fairly handy on the tools and can usually get anything going.

One of the main sticking points we are finding in each prospective country/state is the various difficulties of getting a car registered in our name.

Are there any countries/states that offer hassle free vehicle ownership for foreigners?

One of the strategies I have come across is to setup a non trading company and have the vehicles registered to the company.

Any direction or experience you have had would be greatly appreciated.

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